Jose Urena (2-4, 6.33 ERA) and Clayton Richard (0-3, 4.44 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Miami Marlins (67-61) and the San Diego Padres (53-75) at Marlins Park. The Marlins won the last game 7-6, and Miami leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 27 and can be seen on FSFL and FSSD.
Urena pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs, striking out three and walking one in a 3-2 win over the Pirates. Giancarlo Stanton (.244, 52 Rs, 25 HRs, 70 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 5 with one run, one home run, and three RBIs. Richard went 6.0 innings, surrendering two runs (two unearned), striking out five and walking three in a 2-1 defeat to the Diamondbacks in his most recent start. Yangervis Solarte (.278, 44 Rs, 13 HRs, 53 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Miami is a -168 favorite against San Diego and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Marlins have an overall money line of +201 and a record as the favorite of 31-31. The Marlins are the fourth-best team in the NL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 8.3 hits per game so far this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Marlins, who rank fourth in the NL in strikeouts per game with 8.6.
In the other locker room, San Diego is coming in with an overall money line of -325 and a disappointing record of 39-67 as the underdog. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 1-7 record and a 3-7 record SU. The Padres are an excellent base stealing team with 106 stolen bases, ranking third in the MLB.
The Marlins lead the season series, 3-1. The Marlins have a great 11-4 record at home (21-8 overall) against left-handed starting pitchers, which is what they'll be facing when Richard takes the mound. Urena (RHP) will be on the hill against the Padres, who have a 38-56 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - MIA, O/U - Over
The Padres lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Marlins are 19-17. The Padres are 14-26 in close games this season.
When leading after seven innings, Miami is 29-29, while San Diego is 23-31.
The Padres managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Marlins who are heading in with a 7-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Marlins are 55-15. The Padres have a 39-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 21st in runs, Miami has earned 540 this season. San Diego ranks 20th with 557 runs.
Ranking 23rd, Miami is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 363 this season. San Diego ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 371.
The Marlins are 47-30 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Padres are 44-38 when they hit at least one homer.